It is my favorite social network. Ah I share photos with friends and I can see their photos too. It is a happy space for me at least alone. Instagram has changed dramatically over the years and now there are ads everywhere and it looks more and more like Snapchat and Facebook. As if that were not enough, researchers discovered that the Instagram website leaked the contact information of its users, including their phone numbers and email addresses. All this has taken me to the point where I want to leave Instagram.
If you are like me and want to delete or deactivate your Instagram account, here I tell you how to do it.
Unfortunately, there is no simple way to remove your Instagram account from the application, but here we take you through the steps you should take.
Delete or deactivate?
You have two main options to get away from Instagram: you can delete your account or deactivate it. By deleting your account, everything will be permanently deleted: your profile, photos, videos, comments, likes and followers list.
On the other hand, when you deactivate your account, it will be hidden until you decide to reactivate it by logging in again.
Request your data to download your photos and videos
Before you decide to delete or deactivate your account, take a moment to download your data. If you are permanently deleting your account, this is the only time you can recover the photos or videos you published, as well as the comments you wish to save.
You can request a download of data from a web browser or from Instagram's own mobile application. Just a warning: this is not an instant process. Once you request to download your data, Instagram may take hours to compile for you to download.
How to download data from the Instagram app:
one.Go to your profile.
two. Tap on the hamburger type menu (the three horizontal lines).
3. Touch on settings orSettings at the bottom of the screen.
Four. Tap on Security.
5.Then tap onDownload data.
6. Once ah, enter your email and press the blue button that saysRequest Download to request your download.
How to download data from a web browser:
one. Go to your profile.
two. Click on the button to Edit profile.
3. Click on Privacy & Security.
Four. Scroll down where it says Data Download and click onRequest Downloadto request your download.
5. Once there, enter your email and press the blue button ofRequest Download.
Your Instagram data is ready to download
Next, you will receive an email with the subject: Your Instagram data. Open the message and see a link to your data. This link is only valid for four days. In addition, Instagram can take up to 48 hours to send you the link. Although in my experience it took me about an hour.
The only way to find these files was to drag them to the Firefox browser window. It's a bit ugly, but you can read subtitles, comments, even your profile information if you wish. If you have trouble viewing the files in Firefox, use this Mozilla page that helps you with some settings.
If you use Chrome, you will have to download this extension to view JSON files. In Apple's Safari, you can also use this extension to view JSON files.
How to delete your Instagram account
The fastest way to delete your account is to visit the Delete My Account page in a web browser.
Actually, you cannot delete the account directly from the Instagram app, but you can navigate to the Delete my account page that starts in the application if you prefer.
Delete Instagram by starting the app
one. Go to your profile.
two.Tap on the hamburger type menu (the three horizontal lines).
3.Touch on settings orSettingsat the bottom of the screen.
Four. Tap onHelp.
5. TouchHelp Centerand a window will open in the browser.
6. TouchManage Account.
7. Touch Delete account.
8. Touch How do I delete my account?
9. Scroll down and tap on the link that says Delete my account.
Once you're on the page Delete my account, select a reason why you are deleting your account (there is a drop-down menu). And yes, you really have to do this or you can't move on. Then, scroll down and enter your password when prompted.
Finally, touch the red button where it saysDelete my account permanently. A window will open asking you if you are safe. Touchokay.
Take a break by deactivating your account
If you just want to take a break from Instagram or are doubting whether to permanently delete your account or not, I recommend that you disable it. The fastest way to do this is to use a web browser and visit this page on how to temporarily deactivate your account.
To deactivate your account in a web browser
one.Go to the Instagram website.
two. Enter your account.
3. Click on your profile.
Four. Click on the buttonEdit profile.
5. Scroll down and click on the buttonTemporarily Deactivate My Account.
You can also navigate to the same page through the application, but it is extremely tedious. Follow the instructions above to enter the page Delete your account from the Instagram application. Once the page has loaded, click on the link to the page Temporarily deactivate your account.
Once you're on the page, choose a reason why you are deactivating your account in the drop-down menu. Then, click on the blue button Temporarily deactivate my account. A window will appear asking if you are sure you want to delete your account. Touch Accept
Ready! Now, if you ever want to go back to the world of influencers and whatever, you can reactivate your account. To do this, simply log back into the app or online.
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With the collaboration of Laura Martnez.